Sunday, December 28, 2008

Bored bored bored

Yeah. So I don't feel like editing my 2008 Nano yet, but I'm all twitchy because I'm not obsessively writing anything now. I must not be as burnt out as in previous years. Used to be I did NaNo, then didn't feel like writing for the next 6 months at least.

I thought about the other ideas I had for this year, then pushed them to the back of my mind again. Took up an even older idea I never did do much with beyond a few short-short stories. Well. I'll try to finish something longer this time.

The Salt Gang. That's my group of "superheros". But I've been reading/watching wuxia flicks/serials, so it'll have something of that feel, except set in the modern day US. This will be version 3, 4, or 5. Something like that. I've toyed with various ideas and names for them over the years. Here we'll have the definitive origin story for them. Yep yep.

The human world, the ghost world. Spirits are called back from death into new bodies, for one reason or another. Being held together by chi powers, they are both more robust (immune to purely physical attacks) and more fragile (can be disrupted by magical attacks) than humans. The Salt Gang are a bunch of losers from the ghost world. Two dropouts of the Shadow Academy, one freed slave of a fire demon, and one monk cast out by his master for his greed. That's the group I'll start with, at any rate. As for plot, I'm still working on it. Maybe I'll just steal one.

Why the "Salt" gang? Two reasons. Got the idea from a Chinese serial I watched (years ago) and because I used to carry around little packets of salt from airline meals in my jacket pockets. I got to thinking, what if there was some use for it besides, say, sprinkling on a hard-boiled egg when out in the middle of nowhere? Obviously, salt is used in breaking spells and warding against evil spirits, so that was why my characters would have their emergency stashes of salt packets.

Now carried to ridiculous extremes...we get the "Salt Gang". Probably it's also a slur on them for only knowing the crudest of methods...dumping salt on demons... Now to see how they got started.

If I post it publicly, I'll have to follow up and write the damn story. It's better than a New Year's Resolution!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Done!

...at least the first draft! Woo hoo! This is a NaNo first for me, that I actually got to the end of the story and have a real first draft. (As opposed to having the novel dribble off into a bunch of notes/outlines that purport to be endings but aren't really.) It's even almost the ending I planned. Heh. Not that it makes that much sense, but hey, it's an ending.

I'll let it sit for awhile before I make any attempt to revise it. whew.

Final word count: 57352

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Why. Is. It.Not. Done. Yet. ARRRGH!

So for a week or so after NaNoWriMo officially ended, I didn't do much. 100 words here, 100 words there. I went to sleep every night trying to envision just how the end of the story was supposed to go.

Today I finally sat down and typed out those final scenes..well...I started to. But now I realize I've written more than I did on any actual NaNo day. Not that I ever wrote all that much on any day, but this is still more than that. So. I'm going to head off to bed. *mutters* But really! The end is nigh! The end is nigh! TOMORROW I will finish. I will! I must! The incredibly cheesy yet sexless Armageddon story shall be over with! (At least until I sit down to revise it.)

Current word count: 54869